The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program has been a part of McDaniel College since 1919 and is one of the oldest programs in the nation. Through this program, both men and women are commissioned as Army officers with the rank of Second Lieutenant upon graduation. Students can be guaranteed service as an officer with the Army Reserve, Army National Guard or serve fulltime with the Active Army. No major is offered in this field, however, Military Science can be an integral part of a student-designed major or minor and/or an elective for any major. The courses are designed to develop the leadership ability of each student.
Winslow Hall, upper level
LTC Paul Jackson
Majors & Courses
No major is offered in this discipline.
Freshman and sophomore students can enroll in the Military Science program without obligation. Junior and senior courses are designed for Cadets selected by the Professor of Military Science to advance forward to commissioning and meet for three hours each week. Cadets attend a one-hour leadership laboratory providing action and experiential learning in military and leadership skills such as rappelling, rifle marksmanship, first aid, patrolling, radio communications, and water survival.
The ROTC program offers two, three, and four year full-tuition scholarships and/or a monthly stipend with book allowance for qualifying cadets. To learn more about qualifying, go to www.armyrotc.com/edu/mcdanielcollege/index.htm
McDaniel College generously supplements the Army’s scholarship benefits for all students who are Army ROTC scholarship winners. These additional benefits consist of room and board costs.
Following commissioning, new Army officers serve in a variety of fields, including aviation, medical services, personnel, finance, intelligence, communications, infantry, artillery, armor, law enforcement and engineering.
Lieutenant Colonel and Department Chair Paul T. Jackson
(M.B.A., Webster University), Commissioned as a second lieutenant through the ROTC program at Hofstra University, LTC Jackson completed Field Artillery Officer Basic Course at Ft. Sill, OK., and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division in Bamberg, Germany. LTC Jackson served as Fire Direction Officer, Platoon Leader, and Battery Executive Officer during Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Division Fire Control Officer. After attending the Armor Officer Advanced Course, LTC Jackson served with the 82nd Airborne Division Artillery in Ft. Bragg, N.C., where he was the 1-325 AIR Fire Support Officer during Operation Guardian Shield in Kosovo and Battery Commander of A/2-319 AFAR during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later served at U.S. Pacific Command in Camp Smith, Hawaii, as an Emergency Actions Officer and Chief of Emergency Procedures and Training. He was subsequently assigned to the 210th Fires Brigade in Camp Casey, Korea, where he served as a Brigade Assistant S3, Battalion S3 and Brigade Executive Officer.
Master Sergeant and Senior Military Instructor William M. Canterbury
Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) and Senior Military Science Instructor Robert J. Familetti
(B.S., Lafayette College), Armor and Logistics officer in 2011. His assignments included tours in Germany, Korea, Afghanistan, and various stateside posts. His military education includes: Command and General Staff College, Combat Developers Course, Support Operations Officer Course, Total Army Instructor Training Course, Combined Arms Service and Staff School, Battalion Motor Officer Course, Combined Logistics Officer Advanced Course; Ordnance Officer Branch Qualification Course, Airborne School, and the Armor Officer Basic Course.
Other optional activities are available for Army Cadets. These include helicopter rappelling, mountaineering, parachuting, winter survival training in Alaska, and temporary assignments in active army units throughout Korea, Europe, and the United States. Cadets can attend the Leadership Training Course and National Advanced Leadership Camps. These are 4-week summer camps designed to hone military and leadership skills.
The Ranger Platoon is a cadet-run organization open to all cadets that specializes in adventure training such as rappelling, patrolling, mountain operations, and river operations. Once each year they compete against 30 other schools in a two-day competition of physical and military events.